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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleGenius
Roud No.12899
Collected FromMills, William
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 30
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 13th May, 1916, p 3, Part 30, No. 3
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

When once a very little boy,
My dad sent me to school;
The master said though least I was,
I was the biggest fool.


Such a genius I did grow, did grow, did grow,
Such a genius I did grow.

Verse 2

They tried, with cakes and cunning,
To put larning in my yead;
But I never knowed nor could n't tell,
Girt A from crucked Z.


Verse 3

Arithmetic next puzzled me,
And, as my knowledge grew:
I soon found out that one and one,
When added up, made two.


Verse 4

They sent me to the barber's -
To shave, my Daddy's hope -
I took the lather for the milk,
And ate up all the soap.


Verse 5

They set me once to blow the fire,
Or out it would have gone;
And I ripped the billis open,
To see where the wind came from.


Verse 6

Upon my travels I set out,
The English folks to see;
I found that they had kegs and arms,
And a yead the same as me.


Verse 7

A great musician I became,
And, as the people say,
Upon the grinding organ,
I delightfully did play.


Verse 8

I played before the Aldermen,
Also the great Lord Mayor;
And they sent me home, for fear that I,
Would set the Thames on fire.

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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Obtained of W. Mills, Ablington.'

Note 2

There are minor punctuation differences between the Ms and WGS.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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